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Arsenal to Make £8m Swap Offer for Werder Bremen Defender Per Mertesacker

by Christian Bailey

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Gunners boss to offer Emirates Stadium man in return for German international.

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Arsenal will offer Werder Bremen striker Nicklas Bendtner in a swap deal to help persuade the Bundesliga side to sell experienced centre back Per Mertesacker. Arsene Wenger is frantically searching for defensive reinforcements and has earmarked a move for the giant German international and hopes that the inclusion of the Danish international striker will help seal the deal.

Wenger was already looking to beef up his back-line after seeing his side make too many mistakes at the back last term and has now lost a number of his current centre backs due to injury. The likes of Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscienly are both carrying knocks and Sebastian Squillaci was not even on the bench for the weekend game with Liverpool which left youngster Ignasi Miguel having to be thrown in at the deep end alongside the assured Thomas Vermaelen.

Mertesacker is in the final year of his current contract and appears interested in a potential move to the Premier League after six seasons with Werder Bremen. Last term his side struggled and finished just above the drop zone but have begun this term fairly well with two wins from three matches but the 26 year old still seems likely to leave the Weserstadion.

Bendtner has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium all summer and has fallen further down the Arsenal pecking order following the signing of Gervinho from Lille. The big forward was already behind the likes of Robin Van Persie and Marouane Chamakh and now is likely to only see action coming off the bench.

The 23 year old only made three Premier League starts last term and reportedly fell out with Arsene Wenger over comments Bendtner made about his lack of first team action. Everton and Fulham were said to be interested in bringing the player in on loan but the Arsenal boss is looking to complete a permanent departure and therefore may feel that a swap offer with Werder Bremen would resolve one problem whilst also helping to secure a hugely effective defensive force that could help solidify a worryingly threadbare back line.

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